1. Deepwater Horizon recounts the catastrophic April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that killed eleven men, devastated the Gulf ecosystems and led to BP paying the largest government settlement in history ($18.7 billion).
2. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and his kind-of stepdaughter Kate Hudson (Russell has been in a three-decade relationship with Hudson’s mother Goldie Hawn, but they never married) all shine, convincingly carrying off their roles as players thrust into one of history’s great environmental screw ups.
3. This cast is not exactly working off a Hamlet-like script; DH is an action flick, with the kind of limited dialogue we’re increasingly seeing in explosive (literally) big-budget vehicles developed for global audiences (ie, easily and cheaply translatable).
4. The movie could have gone a lot heavier into political or rote Hollywood anti-corporate terrain, but it generally steers clear of making any larger point about the epic disaster, other than some understandable digs at BP execs (one of which is played by Chicagoan John Malkovich, deploying a shaky Cajun-esque accent).
5. Our crew appreciated both the convenient 9:00pm showtime at the Riverfront along with a run time of 1:47, which thank goodness the director realized was just enough to get through what they needed to do before we started to lose interest – 3.3 out of 5, as in, sure, this is fine to see if there’s not much competing with it at the moment.